They most Definitely choose us! I currently have 2 horses. I spent months searching to buy my first horse. 3 deals on horses fell through horrifically, they were all nice horses, but none that really clicked. I figured 'that click thing doesn't really happen, this horse is nice enough', but then for some reason or other the owner would back out. I was so distraught I was ready to give up.
Then I saw this tiny ad on petfinder, with a picture taken a mile away from the horse. I wanted a big, well feathered draft horse, well this horse was a 'perch cross'. Not either of those things that I wanted. She was 2 hours away and I was going to my certification for therapeutic riding instruction that weekend, so I figured it wasn't meant to be. But the moment I passed my tests I left the room and for some reason I couldn't stop thinking about that tiny ad. So I called up the guy in the ad he told me the horse was broke everything up to ground driving, but hadn't been backed yet. Well I was looking for a completely untrained horses that I could start, but eh, I'll take the head start :P.
I drive the 2 hour drive to see this small, not well feathered horse, under the promise that he had other drafts for sale if I didn't like her. I arrived at his property and NO one was home!! Despite our scheduled time. So I took a walk around the outside of his property. I saw this little black mare and thought I would die - she was SO magnificent!! Her face, neck, belly and mane were completely rubbed bald, feathers were nothing to speak of, what little there was was doing nothing to hide her horrifying hooves - but she was the most beautiful horse I'd ever seen!
I finally found the man's wife who told me he was at a golf tournament (despite our scheduled meeting!) I told her I didn't care about their free-to-good-home horse, I wanted THAT mare! She laughed and told me that was the one they needed to get rid of xD I was ready to explode - I didn't care if the guy was there or not. The woman found me some brushes and a halter - the horse politely followed me around the paddock with or without the halter, stood quietly to get groomed despite the bugs air chiseling holes in her. I soaked her in bug spray before I left - distraught that I couldn't tell this guy I wanted the horse today - horrified it would be yet another horse I'd loose - but this horse was Different! She's the most incredible horse in the world!!!
I called him over and over all night. I told him I loved this horse and wanted to take her home - he said, well you gotta get her before this Saturday, she's going to auction - AHH!! I got everything ready as fast as possible, the next morning, bright and early she arrived in all her horrifying glory xD
She was horrifically untrained - but time and energy we have come very far together. I love her more than anything <3
When I first went to see her:
She was chasing the ribbons in her hair xD: